August 14, 2005 Subject:
My dad's a WWII veteran (USMC), so any footage of this kind has always interested me. In just under 10 minutes, this clip tells a very powerful story about the taking of an island: the setup, the various stages of execution, and the bloody aftermath. It's a moving and memorable story told with great economy.
May 2, 2004 Subject:
landing at Guam
appears to be footage of the landing at Guam,july 21,1944.Possibly mixed with footage from elsewhere in the Marianas.
These islands were the last major Japanese base in the Pacific and became the launch pad for the Enola Gay.
Considering the recent uproar over the release of footage of the coffins of fallen soldiers from Iraq,It's interesting to see much more graphic footage in this Historical footage.
April 30, 2004 Subject:
Disturbing little film
This may have passed as propaganda in its day but now it is quite subversive. I don't think anyone would march out to the Navy recruiter after viewing the corpses at the end of this film. I think the filmmakers were risking their lives for some of this footage.
August 1, 2003 Subject:
957th? 349th? 348th? 658th?
Quite stirring documentary about a typical day in World War II. In this case, the '957th' day (although, really, the footage could have happened on the 541st, and we really wouldn't have noticed). Some FANTASTIC battle footage is shown here, as the take-over of an island is documented. Using large guns, cannons and other artillery. It's not really propaganda as it is not afraid to show some rather graphic casualties on the US side. Nicely done, and is reccomended.